Your knees support an incredible amount of stress over the course of a normal day, so it’s no surprise to learn that about 25% of adolescents and adults struggle with knee pain. At Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco, S. Justin Badiyan, MD, offers innovative treatments that provide the relief you need when other conservative medical options have failed. If you suffer from ongoing knee pain, call the office in Frisco or Lewisville, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Many patients develop knee pain following an acute injury that damages the meniscus, tendons, or ligaments, or causes a dislocation or fracture. Overuse injuries are another common source of knee pain, especially in people who enjoy activities that require running and jumping.
While older adults also suffer injuries, their knees are more susceptible to painful degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and bursitis.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common knee problems in older adults, people who suffered an earlier acute injury, and in those who are overweight. When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage that normally protects the ends of bones gradually breaks down. As more cartilage wears away, bones in the joint rub against one another, leading to pain and stiffness.
The problems responsible for knee pain usually cause additional symptoms, including:
If you haven’t already consulted a doctor, you should get a full evaluation of your knee when your symptoms last longer than several days, they get worse, or you have severe swelling and bruising.
As an interventional pain specialist, Dr. Badiyan is an expert in many types of minimally invasive procedures that can give you relief from knee pain. The following are a few examples of the types of therapies you may receive at Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco.
Coolief is an advanced treatment that’s FDA-cleared to relieve knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. The device uses cooled radiofrequency energy to safely and precisely deactivate the sensory nerve responsible for your knee pain.
During a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, Dr. Badiyan uses imaging to guide a specialized electrode to the targeted nerve, then activates radiofrequency energy to create a wound on the nerve. The wound blocks pain signals, providing pain relief that lasts up to 18 months.
Viscosupplementation is an injection of hyaluronic acid, a type of synthetic lubricant, which lubricates arthritic knee joints and improves mobility.
Dr. Badiyan may recommend a corticosteroid injection to reduce inflammation caused by a variety of knee problems. Each person responds differently to a corticosteroid injection, so it’s impossible to predict how long your results will last. Some patients, however, get long-lasting pain relief.
The concentrated platelets in PRP accelerate healing, support stem cells, and regulate inflammation when Dr. Badiyan injects PRP at the damaged tissues in your knee. He also offers other regenerative therapies to promote healing, such as AmnioFix®.
When you need relief from knee pain, call Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco, or schedule an appointment online.